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Circular Food Hubs: Mainland Nova Scotia

The National Zero Waste Council, in collaboration with Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL), Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Food Policy Alliance, and others is leading support for the development of food hubs in mainland Nova Scotia that integrate circularity and food loss and waste (FLW) prevention. Circular food hubs in Nova Scotia aim to create an anchor of activity in the Canadian landscape and contribute to the evolution of a Canada-wide circular food system. Funding support is currently being provided to those looking to pilot and test circular solutions in Nova Scotia. View here for funding details.

Current Activities:

Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the recipients of the Circular Food Solutions Challenge Grant Sodexo, MOC Biotechnologies Inc., Shivani’s Kitchen, The Station Food Hub, Vessel Meats Craft Butchery, and Square Roots!

We are in the pilot and test phase of the project. Grants have been awarded to organizations who are piloting and testing circular solutions in Nova Scotia.

Grant recipients will have until February 2024 to pilot and test their solutions. More information will be available in 2024.

The summary report, recording, and workshop materials for From Vision to Action: Circular Solutions in Nova Scotia is now available.

Consultant report on food waste flows and GHG impacts in Nova Scotia, along with recommendations for circular solution interventions, can be found here

View our summary report and recording from our first workshop Supporting Circular Food Systems in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotians have continued to refine a shared circular vision for circular food hubs in the province. Explore the vision elements and share your feedback.

Nova Scotia Circular Food Hubs Vision

Circular Food Hubs

Project Process:

Our first workshop began the process of creating a shared vision for circular food hubs in Nova Scotia. On-the-ground consultants gathered food waste data for Nova Scotia, and created both a food waste flow analysis along with recommendations for strategic circular solution interventions. Our second workshop in July presented the flow analysis and recommended interventions, and invited feedback from attendees. What solutions made sense for Nova Scotians? What circular food solutions were already underway in the province, how could they be scaled up and shared with others across Canada? The project is now moving to the pilot and test phase, where collaborations amongst businesses, community organizations and/or governments who are testing circular food solutions will be invited to apply for funding support.

The project activities will be guided by a five-step process tested through COIL and Our Food Future, based in Guelph-Wellington, Ontario.

Discover resources and get in touch with our circular peer network spanning across the country.


Project Background

In 2021 and 2022, the National Zero Waste Council collaborated with Circular Economy Leadership Canada, Our Food Future, Save-On-Foods, and the Vancouver Economic Commission to explore circular food systems in Canada. Through this work, place-based circular food hubs were identified as critical to advancing circular food systems and waste prevention in Canada. A circular food hub connects place-based stakeholders across the food system to ensure FLW is prevented by following circular economy principles of designing out waste and pollution, circulating resources, and regenerating natural systems.

Circular food hubs are in development in other parts of Canada, including Vancouver and Montreal. Guelph-Wellington has a fully-formed circular food hub in place, led by Our Food Future, and continues to be Canada’s leading example. For food system change in the Canadian context to occur, place-based circular food hubs need to be secured in key anchor points across the country.

Circular Food Hubs: Mainland Nova Scotia uses a 5-step project designed by COIL to support the evolution of circular food hubs. It uses a peer-to-peer learning approach, where participants connect with those leading similar innovations elsewhere in Canada, as well as local Nova Scotian leaders interested in pursuing food waste prevention and circularity. The mainland Nova Scotia project supports the evolution of an Atlantic-coast circular food hub anchor that is place-based, yet contributes to the emergence of a circular, Canada-wide food system.

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